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The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) is undergoing a series of transformation both through Technology, people and processes in support of KRA’s vision which is “To facilitate Kenya’s transformation through innovative, Professional and Customer – Focused Tax Administration”.

The focus of the Authority in its three year seventh strategic plan period (2018/19 – 2020/21), will be on key priorities of the country’s development agenda as spelt out in the Kenya Vision 2030, the Third Medium Term Plan (MTP 2018-2022), the Budget Policy Statement 2018 and the Big Four Agenda. The plan also takes into account the country’s commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) especially relating to revenue mobilization and a customer centred public organisation.

Based on KRA’s role in meeting national policy objectives and its internal goals, four strategic thrusts that guide the 7th Plan have been determined to drive the authorities focus as follows:

  1. Enhanced Revenue through Tax Compliance,

  2. Improved business climate and competitiveness,

  3. Enhanced operational efficiency,

  4. Building Public Trust through the integrity, professionalism and service orientation of staff,

The 4th Annual Tax Summit seeks to feed into these goals by driving public and international participation in discussions geared towards providing solutions for enhancing and supporting KRA’s role in Tax and Customs Administration.

The 4th Annual Tax Summit, 2018 will be held for a period of three days from 15th to 17th October 2018, and will bring together global experts, tax practitioners, academia, private sector players, and senior government officials.

1.1 Theme

The Big Four Agenda, is key to the deliverables of government commitment in ensuring a facilitative and development conscious economy for its citizens through four key pillars:

  1. Food Security

  2. Affordable Housing

  3. Manufacturing

  4. Affordable Health care

Revenue administration focus is geared towards opportunities for enhanced compliance and revenue base expansion while ensuring a supportive and favourable tax environment. The role of the Authority in supporting the big four agenda is based on leveraging on opportunities through meaningful partnerships for solutions that will provide a facilitative and conducive environment to achieve these targets.

This year’s Summit discussions shall be inclined to the key drivers in providing innovative and strategic ideas in the delivery of the Big four Agenda.

It is in this regard, that the Theme of the 2018, 4th Annual Tax Summit will be:

Accelerating Social Economic Transformation in Kenya – The Role of Revenue Administration in Realising the Big Four Agenda’.

This theme will further be expounded through discussions around the following thematic areas:

  1. Digitizing Revenue Administration

  2. The Social Dimension of Tax

  3. Trade Efficiency and Competitiveness

1.2 Objectives

This year the summit is aimed at providing a platform to progress dialogue on strategic and innovative ideas to facilitate the goals of the big 4 agenda for win – win solutions and actionable insights to deliver on the key targets.

The specific objectives of the summit will include the following:

  1. Develop new areas of partnerships in achieving the big 4 pillars

  2. Develop innovative insights to deal with environmental bottle necks e.g. illicit trade

  3. Generation of new knowledge and insights on tax and customs administration

  4. Strategic input in fostering a facilitative tax environment for economic growth

  5. Monitoring and evaluating results of the tax summit since inception

1.3 Expected Outcomes

  1. New strategic partnerships

  2. Policy proposals on measures to be applied to support growth in achieving the Big 4 Agenda

  3. Suggestions on how to tackle issues on the threat of revenue mobilisation efforts

  4. Structured framework of implementation of the actionable insights

  5. Innovative solutions to improve efficiency and effectiveness in Revenue administration.